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Old 08-28-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Generator on the road

What about running the generator for A/C while travelling? Any issues with this other than fuel consumption? Are their any electrical issues to be aware of?

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Old 08-28-2014, 08:42 AM   #2
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I've done that before - no problems whatsoever...many do, especially in the south where it's so danged hot and humid.
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We run the genny any time we're traveling and need to use the A/C's. There's no problem in doing it except for the added fuel consumption, in our case about 1/2 to 1 GPH with the Onan 7.5KW.
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I've run the gen set for many hours while traveling.
Because of the position of the air intake for the generator engine , I'd be reluctant to use it if it was raining, but that's the time when your not likely to need it.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Run mine every time we travel. No harm & fuel consumption isn't bad.
Will be cranking it up in about 4 hours to hit the road.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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I run my Onan 5500 whenever I am on the road in the Summer, dash A/C won't keep up, barely noticeable difference in fuel economy. Might notice it more if it had a separate fuel tank, but as it uses the chasis 80 gal tank I just fill up when the little needle on the dash is saying it would be a good idea....
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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On our last trip east in June is was pretty darn hot the whole way. We ran the genny for 3 days straight, no issues what so ever and nice and cool inside.
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No problem with running genny on the road. I use mine all the time when it's hot. I use about 1/2-3/4 gal/hr at 50% load. It's worth the price to be comfy when travelling.

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Old 08-28-2014, 11:32 AM   #9
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We use the generator all the time when we need AC on the road.
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We run our Onan 4000 while on the road. Manual say's it will use 3/4 gal. of fuel an hour. Well worth it since the dash air is next to useless.
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So here's a twist on the OP's question. We have the option of running some of the AC's through the inverter while traveling. Would that be preferable? We wouldn't be able to run all of them, but then we wouldn't be putting hrs on the generator, either.
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We also run the gen while traveling for ac. Do not think I would ever run the ac off the inverter, even if it worked it would seem like a huge drain/strain on the system.
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Just returned from a weekend trip from Springfield IL to Memphis ran air on my tour all the way there and home, even found I ran air parked in restaurant lot while we stopped for lunch. Keeping the wife happy was worth extra fuel.
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I run mine just almost 24/7, shutting it off on shore power.
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